SEAL, Doctor, Astronaut — Navy Lt. Jonny Kim achieves your childhood dreams so you don’t have to
The Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal… but some seem to really push the envelope on that notion. One of them is Jonny Kim, who is not only one of NASA’s newest astronauts, but is also a graduate of Harvard Medical School and an active-duty Navy lieutenant with a distinguished combat record after serving with SEAL Team Three.
With such an impressive resume, the 35-year-old Kim seems to have achieved three lifetimes’ worth of childhood dreams in one. But, according to a 2017 profile of the sailor for the Harvard Gazette, Kim started out with a feeling we can all relate to: a lack of self-confidence.
“I didn’t like the person I was growing up to become,” Kim told the Gazette, about his decision to enlist in the Navy after graduating high school in 2002. “I needed to find myself and my identity. And for me, getting out of my comfort zone, getting away from the people I grew up with, and finding adventure, that was my odyssey, and it was the best decision I ever made.”
Even so, Kim was close to quitting during Hell Week, the infamous five-day stretch of near-continuous training through which all SEAL candidates must pass.
“They let us sleep for a couple of hours in nice sleeping bags, one of only two naps you get in five days of training,” the Los Angeles native told the Gazette. “And when you’re snuggled up in this warm sleeping bag and they wake you up and immediately make you go in the frigid ocean, it was the closest I ever came to quitting. I had that taste of comfort, and then it was taken away from you. The cold was magnified because your body’s so broken.”
Try as it might, the cold didn’t stop Kim …read more
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